Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Pet Hedgehogs
Eleven people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported from eight states (Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, and Wyoming). One person has been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported. Epidemiological and laboratory evidence indicates that contact with pet hedgehogs is the likely source of this outbreak. The outbreak strain making people sick was identified in samples collected from three hedgehogs in two ill patients’ homes in Minnesota. “Hedgehogs can carry Salmonella germs in their droppings while appearing healthy and clean,” the CDC explains. “These germs can easily spread to their bodies, habitats, toys, bedding, and anything in the area where they live. People become sick after they touch hedgehogs or anything in their habitats.” @ https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/typhimurium-01-19/index.html
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CDC and public health officials in several states are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium infections linked to contact with pet hedgehogs.